CARAWAY, Ark. (KAIT) - Reinhart Grocery of Caraway had its grand opening Wednesday, making it the first time in 8 years that a store was in town.
Tracey Reinhart, the owner of Reinhart Grocery, is no stranger to the area.
“I’ve coached baseball—as my kids grew up – at that ballpark right across the road from this store for years,” said Reinhart.
Caraway residents, along with others from the surrounding area, have not had a store since the 2013 tornado tore through town.
Reinhart mentioned that a customer at his Arbryd, Mo. store asked him about “about putting one in Caraway”, which is what led him to looking into figuring out costs for cleaning and stocking the old Roach’s building.
Once costs were calculated to operate the store, the owner told Region 8 News that everything else fell into place.
“It was like the good Lord said, ‘here you do this and here is some people to go do it with’, so here we are,” he said.
Reinhart says the location could not have been more perfect, given it is surrounded by smaller towns such as Lepanto, Leachville, and Lake City, which do not have access to a grocery store.
A first-time shopper could not have agreed more with the owner.
“A lot of people can’t drive to Jonesboro or Monette and have to have someone to help them,” said Regina Gross, a Lake City resident.
Gross is a native of Lake City and said that a new store in eastern Craighead County was long overdue.